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Accelerating Excellence

James A King

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Elite performance advisor James A. King lays out an inspiring and comprehensive framework for choosing a discipline and excelling.


Accelerating Excellence

Accelerating Excellence

by James A King


How do you achieve excellence in your chosen discipline? Many of us probably respond with the simple formula of ambition, hard work, and talent. But those aiming for excellence are ambitious by definition, and talent and hard work are not uncommon. Yet not all who aspire to excellence achieve it. What makes the difference is the process. Those who achieve excellence, whether through luck or wisdom, approach their discipline differently than those who do not.

James A. King is a performance advisor to elite organizations around the world, from athletes in top sporting leagues to specialist military units. In Accelerating Excellence, King lays out his four-stage framework for achieving excellence. The framework covers how to pick a discipline that suits you and techniques for skill development, emotional control, and sustaining high performance.

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Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

- Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist

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